Lithgow Library Capital Campaign

About the Project

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Main Level Plan

Main Level Plan

2nd Level Plan

2nd Level Plan

The time is now to create a new centerpiece for the region! The Lithgow Public Library has effectively served this area for over 115 years, but advances in technology and increased usage requires a major investment for our citizens.

Today, the library is in desperate need of expansion. It is overflowing with more than 67,000 books and media pieces. There is no community meeting space, no dedicated space for teens, and no ability to meet the demand for additional resource, computers, and technology. There needs to be improved accessibility for all. Windowsills function as bookshelves, water damage and flooding threaten the collections, and seating is woefully inadequate.

Despite these major deficiencies, Lithgow is a true community center. Think vibrant activity, varied programming, and access to information through books and technology. Even with modern technology, libraries are still extremely relevant. In fact, usage at Lithgow is up!

In 2010, the library had 129,000 visitors, 7,900 program attendees, and 167,000 items circulated. There is truly something for everyone at Lithgow, from infants to seniors. You don’t need a library card to appreciate the benefits of the library.

The updated and expanded Lithgow Public Library will have a great deal to offer. The new facility will:

  • Double the size of the current facility to 30,000 square feet
  • Restore the historic portion of the facility, including the Reading Room
  • Include a café on the main floor
  • Expand the Children’s Room
  • Centralize the circulation desk
  • Provide new, handicap accessible bathroom facilities
  • Install a new, ADA-compliant* elevator
  • Install an ADA-compliant electric door
  • Create a public meeting room that seats 100 people
  • Create two public courtyards
  • Provide dedicated teen space
  • Expand public seating
  • Offer private group study rooms
  • Expand reference section
  • Include wireless Internet access
  • Include a public computing area
  • Dedicate a section to large print books
  • Expand the public parking area

The greater Augusta area competes with other Maine cities for businesses and residents. The new Lithgow Library will be a key component in significantly enhancing this community’s profile, and a remarkable piece of history preserved and improved upon for future generations. Lithgow Library is an amazing resource. Now all we need is the updated facility that our community deserves. The need has never been greater!

*The Americans with Disabilities Act requires that all public buildings be equipped to allow people with mobility issues to access the facility. Lithgow Public Library has not been ADA compliant since the Act was passed in 1990.

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    Lithgow Library

  • Testimonials

    "Now is the time to make the Lithgow Library the vibrant community center that the Augusta area deserves.  Please join us!"

    ~ Andrew Silsby

  • Currently Raised Total: $2.3 Million

  • Our Progress

Lithgow Library Capital Campaign
Lithgow Library Capital Campaign
Now is the time to preserve the heritage of our library while transforming it into a vibrant, modern community center dedicated to the cultural and intellectual enrichment of present and future generations.

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PO Box 2456 - Augusta, Maine 04338-2456 | Email: | Phone: 207.547.4547

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